How to Make a Seashell Wreath
What Do You Do With Collected Seashells?
Seashells come in all sizes, colors, and shapes. They are the remnants of such things as mollusks, sea urchins, starfish, crabs and other sea creatures who once lived inside these hard exoskeletons. The hard shells protected them in a way that is similar to our living in a house or apartment to keep us safe from external elements.
I remember how thrilling it was to find a perfectly intact sand dollar on the beach. There are many different types of seashells, and Florida is a great place to find an abundance of them. I have found worm castings, spiky Murex shells, Atlantic augers, olive shells, turkey wing seashells, jingle shells, Florida lightning whelks, and many other types.
While most people like to collect seashells with no holes or broken pieces, those factors don't matter to me. I even collected bits of coral and even interesting rocks on those Florida beaches to add to my collection. Since I amassed a huge collection of pretty seashells, I thought that it would be nice to use them in some way. I ended up using quite a few of them in the making of several seashell wreaths. Learn how I made them below!
Supplies Needed to Make a Seashell Wreath
All you need are the following supplies:
- A collection of different sized shells, bits of rock, coral, etc.
- Straw wreath purchased from a craft store
- Hot glue gun and glue sticks
- Wire to hang the wreath when completed
- Acrylic spray to apply to the shells on the wreath when completed. This makes the shells look more colorful and as if they just came out of the water.
How to Make a Seashell Wreath
- Poke a hole into the straw from the back to insert a strong wire to loop through the straw. This will hold up your wreath when completed. I used an ice pick to get it started. When I wound the wire through, I doubled it to add extra strength and wound it together.
- Start laying a base of shells onto the wreath and carefully glue them to the surface. Be careful with that hot glue gun because if any of the hot glue gets onto your skin, it causes quite a painful burn.
- Start overlapping other shells on top, making sure all of the straw base is covered. Here is where you utilize your artistry skills! Play with your assortment of shells and collected items to see what looks best. There is no right or wrong way to do this. Have fun with this project!
- When completed, spray your wreath in a well-ventilated area with a glossy acrylic spray. Let dry, and your seashell wreath is ready to hang on a wall and admire for years to come!
Do you think you might try and make your own seashell wreath?
Sun-Kissed Days and Seashell Ways
Do you like to remember those lazy and sun-kissed days spent at the beach? I well remember ditching my shoes and running over the blistering hot sand to the shoreline where the sand was harder packed and cool because of the relentless wave action of the Gulf of Mexico.
There were many sand dunes on South Padre Island when I was a teenager. They have mostly been gobbled up by developers over the years who have built hotels and private beach homes where they once stood as small mountains of sand. Mountains may be a slight exaggeration, but in my mind's eye and especially as a kid they appeared as such.
I think that I am not alone in the love of beachcombing in addition to other types of seaside entertainment. There is the possibility of finding that perfect treasure right under your toes! Most often when beachcombing, the shells are empty. The sea creature has long since perished. Occasionally a particularly turbulent storm might wash up some shells with the sea dwellers still alive within the shells. Kind people who pick these up will often toss them back into the ocean where they have a chance of survival.
What Can You Do With Seashells?
Seashells can be quite beautiful and collectible. Often there are seaside shops selling these beauties from all around the world. The price depends upon how perfectly intact the shell is, the size, coloration and also the rarity. They can also be purchased from most hobby and craft stores.
I made several of these seashell wreaths to display the beauty of these finds. One was given to my aunt and uncle who hosted my mother and me in Florida on several occasions and who took us to the beach to find the shells. Several others were given to friends as gifts. The one that I still possess is a heart-shaped wreath made out of plastic wrapped straw. It measures about 12 inches in height and width with the shells attached and weighs about 2 1/4 pounds. The other wreaths that I created were round in shape.
© 2012 Peggy Woods